The Cleveland Browns are saying, for now, that the organization will move forward with Baker Mayfield, which is exactly what they’re supposed to do seeing how they don’t have anyone else.
I’ve recently looked at some backup quarterback names to push incumbent Baker Mayfield, and Mitch Trubisky was one of the first players on the list.
For me, Trubisky made a lot of sense because, at the ver least, he’d be an upgrade over Case Keenum and considering he made $2.5 million last season, he’d cost a heck-of-a-lot less money.
Interestingly, though, Cleveland.com reporter (subscription) Mary Kay Cabot could see Trubisky joining the QB room, without figuring out how to get out of Keenum’s $7 million contract, via Cleveland.com (subscription required).
“I would still keep Case Keenum in this scenario because the Browns can afford all three, but Trubisky is a player they could develop for a year and see where it takes them…and he’d provide depth without Mayfield feeling too threatened.”
You can get a lot of help connecting free agent dots by looking at an organization and who advocated for a certain player, say, in the draft.
Cabot pointed out how the Browns had Trubisky rated No. 1 in their 2017 QB class, ahead of Patrick Mahomes and Deshaun Watson. At the time, current GM Andrew Berry was the VP of player personnel.
Obviously, the Sashi Brown-led regime was wrong in their assessment, but Trubisky may have a cheerleader in Berry. Actions speak the loudest, though, and Berry won’t have a chance to do anything until free agency commences in March.
Cleveland Browns trade chatter
Speaking of potential Browns’ QBs, a trade for Jimmy Garoppolo got some run locally this week, and I recently described the price as “sky high.”
Long-time NFL news breaker Adam Schefter has this to say about about Garoppolo’s trade value entering the offseason.
Schefter is getting hammered in the comments, with the Twitterverse accusing the reporter of doing a favor for Jimmy G’s agent.
I don’t know about that, but what did Schefter say that’s wrong? Jimmy G’s stock was in the tank after 2020. He was injured, again (ankle) and 49ers thought so little of him, they moved up to take Trey Lance.
Currently, Garoppolo has the 49ers back in the playoffs. One could reasonably argue that, yes, San Fran would not be where they are today without him.
For what it’s worth, Jimmy G does have a no-trade clause, which just kicked in last month.